The Christ Church
based Christopher Tower Poetry competition has launched this year’s competition
with a major increase in prize money. The competition, for budding poets aged
16-18, is now offering a £3,000 first prize, with £1000 and £750 for those in
second and third position. The winner’s school will also receive £500. The
increase from last years £1500 top prize is “taking it up a gear” according to
Dr Peter McDonald, competition judge and Christ Church
tutor. The competition was launched at last week’s Cheltenham Literary
Festival. In previous years, the themes have included “Gravity” and “Early
Morning”, and Philip Pullman and Gillian
Clarke have been among the judges.ARCHIVE: 2nd week MT 2005